October 28, 2021

A new ultramodern launch pad for Ariane 6

The maiden flight, which must qualify the new European rocket, is scheduled for the second quarter of 2022.

A new milestone for the Ariane 6 program. Six years after the start of work and an investment of 600 million euros, the new launch pad designed in Guyana for the successor to the Ariane 5 rocket is fully ready. The site is to be inaugurated this Tuesday in Kourou, in the presence of representatives of the European space industry and space agencies such as ESA for Europe and CNES for France.

The first copy of Ariane 6 is expected this fall in Guyana to be assembled there and then join the launch pad. Combined tests between the launcher and the installations should begin by the end of 2021. If this campaign of several months is conclusive, the first flight of Ariane 6 will be scheduled for the second quarter of 2022. The rocket will take off without a “passenger”, c ‘that is to say without satellite to launch on behalf of a client. “There doesn’t have to be a passenger. The first flight is intended to qualify the launcher. It was bought directly from Ariane

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